How to Apply

African Leadership Academy seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world – ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and excel in the academic environment, we are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.

  The application process is rigorous  yet insightful, even if I had not gotten it I would still be proud I applied because the process made me grow much more passion for transforming Africa and the world than ever before.  
  Francis Ekii, Class of 2012  

Our Selection Process:

ALA’s application and selection process is very rigorous to ensure that we select the most outstanding students from across Africa with the potential to drive change.

The process is as follows:

FIRST ROUND: September 1 - November 30

ALA’s selection process is extremely competitive. The Academy receives approximately 4,000 applications from most African countries each year. These applicants come from a wide range of social, economic, cultural & educational backgrounds. The application includes short questions and essays and must be submitted with academic transcripts.


At this stage approximately 400 finalists are selected to attend Finalist Weekends held across the continent. At these events, finalists write entrance exams, participate in group activities & are interviewed one-on-one by the ALA Admissions team. Finalists are also required to submit teacher recommendations.


  ALA is different from any other school because of its people and core subjects that help shape great leaders. You can forget some topics like chemistry, economics or mathematics but you will never forget the people.  
  Coumba Mbodji, Class of 2012  

The hardest part of the selection process: the Academy is able to select only ~100 students from the pool of extraordinary finalists to attend the Academy. All finalists are notified of their admissions status by May.

2014 Timeline:

1 September 2013:

Applicants may begin submitting applications through

30 November 2013:

Application deadline - all applications must be received by ALA.

January - March 2014:

All applicants notified of status; finalists invited to attend Finalist Weekends by end of March 2014

May 2014:

Finalists notified of admissions decisions

May - June 2014:

Admitted students notified of any financial awards

June 2014:

Admitted students confirm acceptance of admission


Application Forms

Download application form in English here  
Download application form in French here  
Download application form in Arabic here  
Download application form in Portuguese here  
Download the Gap Year application form here  

Should you wish to speak with an Admissions representative to learn more or even visit the Academy and receive a personal campus tour with an ALA student, please contact us on the following details:

ALA Admissions
Tel: +27 11 699 3000